M11 crash: Motorists drive wrong way up slip road after woman seriously injured in multi-vehicle collision between Bishop's Stortford and Harlow
A woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries following a collision involving several vehicles on the M11 between Bishop's Stortford and Harlow on Sunday evening (October 13).
Highways England tweeted at 8.55pm that the 10-mile southbound stretch of the motorway between junctions 8 and 7 was being closed "due to a multi-vehicle traffic collision".
It said that there were four-mile queues approaching the accident scene. A witness stuck about 100 yards from the front of the queue reported seeing four fire and rescue service vehicles and four ambulance service vehicles going past.
Another said: "Drove past the accident going the other way... at least one car was a pancake, looks horrific, debris everywhere."
Essex Police said in an update at 10.10pm that it had opened the outside lane to help release trapped motorists but that the motorway would remain shut southbound at junction 8 to others "for several hours".
It added: "A number of drivers turned around and drove in the wrong direction following the collision. These actions can put other road users in danger and we will look to prosecute anyone who does."
Highways England added: "Please DO NOT use the hard shoulder on the main carriageway or slip roads. This is illegal and you will be blocking the only route available for emergency services to use."